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Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Ed Stetzer, mission, self, God's glory, worship, idolatry, prestige, professionalism, missional effectiveness, pastors, leaders, agenda, religious, megachurch
Mission is the opposite of self. That sounds simple and obvious, yet the sad truth is that we revert to non-mission—or self-centered mission—very simply and obviously. The ease with which we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brian Dodd, blog, social media, website, generosity, readership, churches, pastors, resources, Ralph Waldo Emerson
A few days ago I was having lunch with a friend who wanted to launch a blog and he asked me what was most responsible for my site's growth. He was pleasantly surprised when I told him what has helped my ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 01 August 2014 / Community
Tags: George Wood, Assemblies of God, Holy Spirit, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, apostle Paul, Apollos, converts, Spirit-baptized believers, G. Campbell Morgan, church, demographics, leadership, skill
A template is a pattern or mold used as a guide to form a piece or product. There certainly is a template in what happened when Paul met up with the nominal 12 believers at Ephesus. Here is the background. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, worship, standards, smoker, cigarettes, drummer, church, awkward, grace, discipleship, alcohol, born again Christians, dress code, church member, drug problem, homosexual, jokes, ...
I was in shock the moment I saw it. There in the spotlight—a pack of cigarettes protruding from the front pocket of our scheduled drummer. I wasn't leading worship, but I stood at the back and saw ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church growth, prevention, small church, mentality, Christian, secular, leaders, followers, dream, pastor, new people, voice, vision, change, excuses, quit dreaming, organized system, ...
I was once asked to help a church process how to get younger people to attend. After we discussed some recommendations for change, a man pulled me aside and said, "Son, we don't need no fancy ideas around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 / Missions
Tags: Rob Hoskins, OneHope, missions, Bible app, kids, cutting edge, programs, children's ministry, intentionality, teens, local church, spiritually homeless youth, missiology, ecclesiology, proactive, ...
Ever wonder what missions might look like 10 years from now? Will we be supporting digital missionaries that holographically appear to unreached people groups using technology that interprets their spoken ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, bad, committee, position, church, congregation, executive pastor, healthy church, rejection
... of people for Christ in this church and throughout the community. How many? God knows. And knows He does, make no mistake (see 2 Timothy 2:19). And, the biggie:  In 2004, the Lord made me the "Director ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 24 July 2014 / Community
Tags: Rick Warren, transformation, small groups, Saddleback Church, California, model, ministry, fastest-growing churches, priority
Saddleback Church might seem like a large church on Sunday, but what's really amazing is that we're actually larger when we're smaller. We're larger during the week. On a recent weekend at Saddleback, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, deadbeat, pastor, indecency, immorality, illegality, heresy, paycheck, lazy, church, demise, lay leadership, constitution, bylaws
Recently in this blog, we said pastors should be terminated abruptly if they are guilty of flagrant indecency, proven immorality, confirmed illegality, and serious heresy. Several friends wrote to ask ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Scott Attebery, church, hiring, staff, infection, members, better, bitter, mission, passionate, loyal, culture, discernment
In most cases, your church's hiring practices will have major ramifications that reach beyond your awareness. It's not just a matter of whether a candidate can do the job or not. The real impact of your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Hal Seed, sermons, preaching, calendar, series, multi-site campuses, planning, season, unchurched, The Purpose Driven Life, balance, depth, breadth
... In 2001, I developed the perfect preaching calendar. Then 9/11 hit. I was scheduled to speak on spiritual gifts. Like every preacher, I changed my subject that week. I spoke on destiny, then three weeks ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, ministerial leader, leave, church, mistake, call, conflict, criticism, match, family needs, skills, fired, forced out, ministry, denominational, parachurch, paycheck
I am reticent to write this article. I do not want to encourage pastors to leave churches too early. Frankly, many pastors have shared with me that, in the aftermath of their departures, they realized ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Ronnie Floyd, prayer meeting, Cross Church, Sunday morning, spiritual awakening, Jonathan Edwards, revival, personal conviction, Great Commission, worship, word-based
On Sunday morning, October 13, 2013, I led our entire Cross Church Family in a prayer meeting. I believed it was time to issue a call to the Cross Church Family for spiritual revival in the church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 July 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, calling, ministry, Evangelical, Pentecostal, churches, local church, self-ordained pastors, The Apostle, Elmer Gantry, U.S. military, anointing
... in my city approached me in 2005 about consecrating me as a bishop, the first thing I did before allowing such a consecration was to have them call several local and national bishops who knew me well to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, syncretism, obscurantism, churches, pastors, contexualization, missional conversation, gospel
A quick search for the word "contextualization" on this blog will reveal how important I believe it is for the church that truly wants to engage in God's mission. I have written and spoken on the subject ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 July 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, invitation, unchurched, failure, contact, rejection, music, worship, preaching, problems, crowded, challenge, conversation
Several years ago, more than one study showed large percentages of unchurched would consider attending a church if someone simply invited them. The problem is not the attitude of the unchurched; rather, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Scott Postma, Church Leaders, pastors, encouragement, Scriptures, traits, characteristics, church planting, mission, disciples, Jesus, service, shepherd, relationship, God, humble, teachable, doctrine, ...
... in younger, smaller churches where the mission of the Great Commission is the central focus. Of course, "smaller" is subjective, but according to the experts and historians, 150-200 congregants offer the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Community
Tags: Thom Rainer, dysfunctional, church, symptoms, theological errors, eschatology, denials, pastor eater, severe conflict, community, worship, attendance, decline
If you want to hear about really sick churches, then stick with me on this post. If you are tired about many of us writing about the sordid state of congregations, I understand. Skip this article and I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Culture
Tags: Artie Davis, Jesus, small town, pastor, big city, culture, church, growth, Friday night football games, gas station
I talk with a lot of pastors and leaders, pastors and leaders from different places and different-sized places. Specifically, as I talk to pastors and leaders in rural places, in small towns, across the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, evangelism, outreach, strategy, gospel, Christians, incarnational, mission, sermon series, Grace Church, LifeWay Research, small groups
Evangelism is the responsibility of every believer. There is no such thing as the "gift of evangelism," rather, all Christians have the obligation to share the gospel. It is, and should be, on the heart ... [ +++ ]
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